The 13th edition of Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance sees 680 names recommended from over 300 firms across 56 countries.
At the top of our law firm listings, Clyde & Co leads the way with an unmatched global network covering four continents. It is followed closely by Hogan Lovells with an impressive transatlantic outfit. Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong network in both the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions, while Sidley Austin is well-represented by its offices in the US and London.
Stand-out offerings in the highly competitive US market include Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Debevoise & Plimpton and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. In London, Holman Fenwick Willan, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Clifford Chance boast some of the top names in the field.
Meanwhile, a number of offshore law firms excel, most notably ASW Law and Conyers Dill & Pearman.
We have also identified the most highly regarded individuals both in the US and Europe, as well as the rest of the world in this section.
|Most Highly Regarded Individuals|
|Peter Chaffetz||Chaffetz Lindsey|
|James Rubin||Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd|
|John Nonna||Squire Patton Boggs|
|David Attisani||Choate Hall & Stewart|
|Jonathan Sacher||Berwin Leighton Paisner, London|
|Colin Edelman QC||Devereux Chambers, London|
|Christian Bouckaert||Bouckaert Ormen Passemard - BOPS, Paris|
|David Kendall||Cooley, London|
|Katherine Coates||Clifford Chance, London|
|Erik Stenberg||Baudacci Nigg Stenberg, Zurich|
|Rest of the World|
|Jan Woloniecki||ASW Law Limited, Hamilton|
|Rod Attride-Stirling||ASW Law Limited, Hamilton|
|Oscar Shub||Clyde & Co, Sydney|
|Rachel Levitan||Levitan Sharon & Co, Tel Aviv|
Clyde & Co once again leads our research with 25 practitioners highlighted for their insurance expertise. The firm’s London office has three lawyers recommended, including Andrew Holderness who is the global head of the corporate insurance group. He focuses his practice on corporate finance in the insurance sector and has experience in flotations, M&A and joint ventures, and is a “powerhouse of knowledge”. David Abbott is co-head of the global reinsurance practice with specialism in political and trade credit risk. He has acted for the London market in a number of recent large losses and is an “exceptional talent”. Nigel Brook focuses his practice on international insurance and reinsurance disputes and is noted for his “creative solutions”.
Elsewhere in Europe, Gildas Rostain in the firm’s Paris office is an industrial risk-related disputes specialist and a “star of the bar”. In Madrid, Ricardo Garrido is commended for his “diligent manner”. He specialises in industrial risks in the engineering, energy and construction fields, with experience in contentious and non-contentious matters both in Spain and internationally. Ignacio Figuerol is noted for his “willingness to go the extra mile” and is an international insurance litigation and arbitration practitioner whose “work is always of the highest quality”.
The firm’s North American practitioners also perform well in our research, with seven names listed across four offices. Three lawyers are listed from the New York office, including Stephen Kennedy who is described as a “leading authority” on complex insurance litigations. Paul Koepff has been an insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes specialist for over 30 years and is a “leading figure” in the market. Michael Knoerzer also specialises in insurance disputes, and is an “outstanding advocate” who boasts an “enviable client list”. In San Francisco the “unflappable” Peter Whalen has represented umbrella insurance carriers in high-exposure cases for over 20 years, including some of the largest actions brought in California. Mary Margaret Fox and John Nicholl, both in Toronto, are “market leading” practitioners who represent both Canadian and foreign clients in insurance-related matters. Head of the Latin American team, Stirling Leech is a “very effective” practitioner with an “unrivalled reputation” in energy-related insurance matters.
In Australia three practitioners are listed. Oscar Shub is one of the founding partners of Clyde & Co’s Australian practice, and has previously led its insurance and reinsurance practice. He specialises in litigating disputes across almost any area of insurance with “excellent attention to detail”. John Edmond is managing partner of Clyde & Co Australia and focuses his practice on dispute resolution in insurance matters and cyber risks. Dean Carrigan is a “great strategist” with over 20 years of experience in insurance law, offering clients advice on strategic projects and major disputes in the Asia-Pacific region.
Three “terrific” practitioners are selected from Dubai. Alec Emmerson specialises in shipping-related insurance and offers clients “pioneering solutions” and an “international mind-set”. Also in Dubai, Wayne Jones leads the firm’s insurance and reinsurance team in the region while Christopher Mills is recognised for his “prestigious practice”. The “superb” Simon McConnell is based in the firm’s Hong Kong office and practises principally in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, dispute resolution and regulatory investigations. Daniel Le Roux advises clients on liability and coverage disputes from the firm’s Johannesburg office, and is a “great operator”.
Hogan Lovells is the other “standout” firm in the research, with 23 names recommended across 12 offices in Europe and the Americas. Nine names are featured from the US, with five based in New York. Frank Monaco is an insurance and reinsurance M&A, regulatory and financing “expert” with a “solutions-oriented approach”. Sean Keely focuses his practice on the litigation and arbitration of insurance disputes, assisting with clients across the US, Europe and Asia. James FitzPatrick heads the firm’s US corporate insurance practice and is “renowned” for his work on transactions, financing and M&A deals. He is “in a league of his own” with clients praising his “quick thinking”. Pieter Van Tol is a litigation specialist, assisting domestic and international reinsurance clients in fields including property, life insurance and insurance insolvency. In Washington DC David Hensler specialises in complex litigation, handling jury and non-jury trials for clients in the insurance industry. Dean Hansell is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office and is “greatly respected” for litigation and government enforcement actions. David Newmann, who divides his time between the Philadelphia and Washington DC offices “expertly advises” clients on US and international litigation and arbitration relating to insurance disputes. In Latin America, Caracas-based Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos advises both domestic and international clients on insurance matters within Venezuela, and is commended for his “reasoned approach”.
In Europe, the firm’s London office garners five inclusions. Tim Goggin advises on corporate and regulatory matters relating to insurance including M&A and joint ventures and is a “famed practitioner” who is a “firm favourite” with clients. Victor Fornasier is a “consummate expert” in advising insurers, reinsurers and corporate policy holders on all aspects of insurance in the UK. Nick Atkins advises clients on contentious and non-contentious insurance and reinsurance matters and is praised for his “sharp intellect”. Charles Rix has a “fabulous” practice which covers domestic and cross-border M&A, takeovers, demergers, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work. In Paris, Thomas Rouhette heads the French dispute resolution practice and specialises in commercial litigation and product liability cases, receiving praise for his “excellent attention to detail”. Düsseldorf-based Christoph Louven heads the corporate/M&A practice in Continental Europe and is “a great asset” on complex cross-border M&A and other transactions related to insurance companies. Joaquin Ruiz Echauri in Madrid is head of the Spanish insurance and reinsurance and product liability team and there is “no one better” according to clients.
This year sees Norton Rose Fulbright garner 12 recommendations in the practice area. The firm’s strongest showing is once again in South Africa, with four lawyers highlighted from its Johannesburg office. Patrick Bracher has an “impressive” transactional and regulatory insurance practice with experience in both the South African and international markets. Donald Dinnie heads the dispute resolution and litigation team for South Africa and offers clients “the highest-quality service”. In London, the “unbeatable” James Bateson is the global head of financial institutions at the firm and specialises in M&A and securities work in the insurance market. David Whear is in the “premiere league” and has experience in capital raising and restructuring. Tricia Hobson in the firm’s Sydney office specialises in matters relating to financial services and construction insurance and is a “joy to work with”. Anna Tipping in Singapore advises on M&A, structured insurance transactions and regulatory matters and boasts a “stellar reputation” in the market.
Sidley Austin sees 10 of its lawyers recommended for their work in the insurance and reinsurance field, with six of the names based in its Chicago office. William Sneed has a “wealth of experience” arbitrating and litigating reinsurance disputes on behalf of ceding companies, reinsurers, and receivers and is praised for his “international outlook”. Susan Stone is the co-leader of the firm’s global insurance and financial services group. She has an “excellent style of delivery” and is commended for her “invaluable sector experience” and “bespoke solutions”. Kenneth Wylie is an insurance regulatory specialist with “exceptional abilities”. Perry Shwachman “continues to impress” with his “technical expertise” and “sound advice”. Michael Goldman is recommended for his “sharp mind” and “versatile approach to client issues” while Thomas Cunningham is lauded for his “great poise” and “business-oriented approach”. In New York, Jeff Liebmann has an insurance M&A specialist with over 35 years’ experience, boasting an “impressive list of clients” and a “reputation as a leader in the field”. Michael Madigan heads the firm’s property and casualty alternative risk transfer practice and is a “force to be reckoned with” who can “always be depended upon in a crisis”. Dorothy Cory-Wright in the firm’s London office is a disputes specialist with over 25 years’ experience in insurance related arbitration and litigation. She is a “powerhouse of knowledge” who is a “definite inclusion on any list”. Also in London, Martin Membery is a “highly recommended” practitioner with a “great flair” and a “quick understanding of complex matters”.
Covington & Burling sees 10 of its practitioners highlighted in this year’s research across its San Francisco and Washington DC offices. Mitchell Dolin is “technically excellent” and a “top name” in international arbitration and insurance coverage and co-chairs the firm’s arbitration practice group. The “meticulous” William Skinner focuses his practice on advising policyholders about insurance coverage matters and negotiating, arbitrating and litigating complex insurance coverage disputes. John Buchanan III is at the “top of his game” in Washington DC and a “continually impressive” litigator. In San Francisco “greatly respected” insurance coverage practitioner David Goodwin is highly recommended” by clients for his “hands-on approach”.
Holman Fenwick Willan’s Richard Spiller has over 25 years of experience advising on a wide range of non-contentious insurance and reinsurance matters. He specialises in acquisitions and disposals, risk transfer transactions, policy wordings and run-off and boasts an “unrivalled reputation”. Andrew Bandurka specialises in complex and international insurance and reinsurance matters and liability claims, impressing with his “calm demeanour”. Paris-based Guillaume Brajeux advises clients on insurance matters relating to shipping, particularly in disputes arising from charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, collisions, fire and explosion, groundings and total loss. Mert Hifzi heads the firm’s Singapore office and its Asia Aerospace practice, and is a “leading light” in the region. Jeremy Shebson is head of the firm’s São Paulo office and has acted for airlines, operators and others in a number of major losses and significant aviation and insurance cases throughout Latin America.
DLA Piper sees nine lawyers recommended. In Chicago, the “forward-thinking” Stephen Schwab advises insurers and reinsurers on complex disputes, innovative transactions and regulatory matters. Michael Gill in Sydney has over 40 years of experience in insurance law and is described as “a point of reference in the market” by peers. Gunne Bähr in the firm’s Cologne office specialises in corporate and regulatory insurance law and is an “incredibly talented” adviser. John Goulios practises in the field of insurance, reinsurance and alternative dispute resolution. He has particular knowledge of financial lines insurance, having acted on behalf accountants, auditors, stockbrokers, trustees and their insurers for over 20 years. In Stockholm, Bengt Kärde offers clients a “forensic approach” and “invaluable sector experience”.
Locke Lord sees six of its members recommended, across four of its US offices. Nick DiGiovanni in Chicago is head of the firm’s reinsurance and insurance litigation groups and has over 30 years of “terrific experience”. California-based Jonathan Bank specialises in insurance dispute resolution and company restructuring. In Hartford, Alan Levin is “very active” in reinsurer disputes and is “one of the best” in the detailed analysis and preparation of reinsurance agreements and loss portfolio transfers.
Essex Court Chambers is the “top choice” insurance chambers in London, and has nine silks selected for their “outstanding” work. Ian Hunter QC has acted both as an advocate and an arbitrator for clients on insurance-related matters for which he is described as “legendary”. V V Veeder QC is a “famous name” at the bar with his “inimitable” style lauded by clients. The “all-time great” Richard Jacobs QC is co-head of the chambers, and regularly appears in the UK High Court and appellate courts and in international arbitrations conducted in London and abroad. Jeffrey Gruder QC is recognised for his “personable” approach, while John Lockey QC wins praise for his “careful handling”.
ASW Law Limited receives a “highly impressive” six recommendations in this edition. The “indispensable” Jan Woloniecki is head of litigation at the firm, and has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Bermuda and Court of Appeal for Bermuda in over 50 cases. His “superior advocacy skills” and “ability to make the judge see things his way” make him “the only choice” for many clients. Rod Attride-Stirling specialises in insurance and reinsurance disputes, impressing with his “fast comprehension” and “meticulous attention to detail”. Neil Horner is head of corporate at the firm and offers clients a “reasoned approach” and “commercial outlook”, making him a “great asset” to many. Kehinde George leads the insolvency group and has over 20 years of experience practicing in Bermuda, having previously worked in London. She is a “true leader” in the field with a “prestigious practice” and a “well-reputed name”. Kim Willey is a “very effective tactician” with an “intricate knowledge” of insurance matters, while Federico Candiolo impresses with his “business-oriented approach” and is a “favourite with clients”.
Bouckaert Ormen Passemard sees five of its Paris-based lawyers recommended in this practice area. Christian Bouckaert has “unrivalled experience in the French insurance market”, boasting a “preeminent reputation”. Pascal Ormen is a “formidable opponent” who is a “trailblazer” in the field and praised for his “comprehensive advice”. Rémi Passemard advises insurance companies, financial institutions and other major corporations, focusing on commercial litigation, insurance, banking and financial law. His “sharp mind” and “creative solutions” see him consistently in “high demand”. Romain Dupeyré acts as both counsel and arbitrator in insurance matters and is praised for his “excellent presentation skills” and “highly responsive” nature. Alexis Valençon is “very active” in insurance matters and his “sensible and reasoned advice” means that clients “trust him implicitly”.
The US is home to many of our leading insurance and reinsurance practitioners, including Peter Chaffetz at Chaffetz Lindsey, who offers more than 30 years of experience and has first-chaired more than 30 trials and arbitrations. He is “great on his feet” and a “pleasure to work with”, according to clients. At Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd, the “unbelievably smart” James Rubin is co-head of the reinsurance practice and a “top name” for disputes, especially in cases relating to antitrust and environmental matters. John Nonna co-manages the Squire Patton Boggs New York office, where he is a “market leader” in complex commercial insurance disputes, involving a range of business matters. At Carlton Fields, Barry Leigh Weissman counsels insurance clients on regulatory and transactional matters, while John Mathias at Jenner & Block is a "versatile" and "skilled" practitioner, considered "one of the very best". From BatesCarey, Robert Bates is an insurance coverage and reinsurance specialist who is commended for his “strategic approach” and is “highly sought after” by clients. David Attisani represents Choate Hall & Stewart and is co-chairman of the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance Group. He is praised for his “sharp mind”, and clients describe him as a “trusted adviser”.
Gilbert sees two of its lawyers recommended. Scott Gilbert is “indispensable” in insurance matters and is noted for his “wealth of experience”. Rachel Kronowitz, a partner at Gilbert, is praised for her “commercially minded” approach and the “genuine relationships” she builds with her clients.
Coughlin Duffy in New Jersey has two recommendations. Kevin Coughlin, a founding member of the firm, is "renowned" for his "meticulous" manner, "insightfulness" and “great skill” when dealing with cases. Suzanne Midlige is "sensational", and noted for her "dynamism" and "strategic approach".
Beyond the US, Jonathan Sacher heads up Berwin Leighton Paisner's multi-disciplinary insurance sector practice and its international arbitration practice in London, with a focus on reinsurance and insurance litigation and arbitration. He is “in a league of his own” and is “part of the aristocracy” according to peers. Colin Edelman QC from Devereux Chambers has been involved in a number of high-profile matters affecting the London and international insurance markets and is a “first port of call for major disasters”. David Kendall at Cooley specialises in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance, including coverage run-off and insolvency and “always gives 110 per cent”. Katherine Coates of Clifford Chance is “making waves” in the London insurance market, and is noted for her “brilliant experience” in non-contentious insurance matters. She heads the firm’s financial institutions group in London and its global insurance sector group and is a “leading light”. Erik Stenberg from Baudacci Nigg Stenberg in Zurich has “significant experience” handling domestic and international liability and insurance matters, and is a “font of knowledge”. Also in Zurich, CMS von Erlach Poncet’s Jodok Wicki is "an excellent litigator" who "can provide solutions" for his clients.
Lydian is represented by two “top names”, Hugo Keulers and Sandra Lodewijckx. Keulers is recognised for his “mammoth reputation” and “ability to find a solution to any problem” while Lodewijckx has an “inimitable style” and is a “leader in the market”.
In India, Phoenix Legal achieves two recommendations. Saket Shukla, the firm’s co-founder, is an "esteemed" name in insurance in India, and is considered by his clients to be "invaluable", whilst Mrinal Ojha is praised for his "excellent work" and is a "strong presence" in court.
In Stockholm, Mannheimer Swartling also sees a duo of recommendations. Hans Hammarbäck is Chairman of the firm’s Insurance practice group, he is considered to be a "specialist" and a "truly skilled" adviser, both in Sweden and internationally. Anette Ivri Nordin has "an encyclopaedic knowledge" when it comes to insurance matters, and is "highly valued" by clients.
In Tel Aviv, Rachel Levitan from boutique firm Levitan Sharon & Co is a “consummate expert” who impresses clients with her “first-class and innovative solutions”, and Peggy Sharon is an “esteemed” practitioner, with clients noting her “pre-eminent work” in helping to create some of Israel's most important insurance precedents.
Also in Tel Aviv, Harry Orad of Gross Orad Schlimoff & Co is recommended for his “wide-ranging knowledge” of insurance and reinsurance in Israel, and his "high-level expertise".
Hao Zhan from AnJie Law Firm is a “true star” whose “pragmatic advice” to clients makes him a “top choice in China”.
Susandarini, founding partner of Susandarini & Partners, is a "leading practitioner" in the Indonesian insurance sector, and is esteemed for her "vast knowledge" of the field.
Rokas Law Firm founder Ioannis Rokas is recommended for his "vast understanding" of insurance matters, and his abilities as a "skilled practitioner".
Mark Lichty at Blaney McMurtry impresses with his “prestigious practice” and “intricate knowledge” of insurance coverage. He is a “force to be reckoned with” according to peers.
Mexico’s Manuel Garcia Pimentel represents his firm Garcia Pimentel y Asociados, and is recommended for his "excellent representation" of his clients, and his "depth of understanding" in insurance matters. Leonel Pereznieto of Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez is a "formidable" practitioner who takes a "considered approach" when advising clients.
Chalfin, Goldberg, Vainboim & Fichtner Advogados Associados is represented by Ilan Goldberg, whose “outstanding abilities” and “bespoke advice” makes him “a leading name” in the market.
Alessandro Giorgetti at Studio Legale Giorgetti remains "a leader in his field", and is respected for his "depth of expertise" and "meticulous" approach.
In Switzerland, Christoph Graber represents Prager Dreifuss and is described as a "leader" with a "sharp mind" and encyclopaedic knowledge" of insurance-related matters.
Cologne’s Björn Fiedler, founder and managing partner of Fiedler Cryns-Moll Jüngel Rechtsanwälte, is a "leader" in the field who can "get to the heart of complex issues".
Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly of Nader Hayaux y Goebel boasts an “enviable reputation” and is an “inspiration” to many in the field for his “impressive depth of expertise”.
Tomoki Debari at Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune displays "great expertise" and is "highly valued" for his "pragmatic approach" when advising clients.